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Project Researcher - current graduating students in Geography only

Malvern Hills AONB Landscape Monitoring Project - in a developing area of landscape research

In March 2017, CRR produced a consultancy report on ’10 Years of Landscape Change’ for the Malvern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership. The report made recommendations for future research in addition to continuing the landscape monitoring already in place. This new research aims, amongst other things, to:
• Raise the level and quality of landscape monitoring in the Malvern Hills AONB, with a view to providing better evidence against which to judge the effectiveness of the Management Plan.
• Specifically, to help overcome the weaknesses of the current fixed point photography landscape monitoring method.
• Provide testing of ways to involve local people and communities in the work of the AONB to a greater extent.
• Assess the feasibility of ground-breaking, novel ideas. 

This will continue CRR’s excellent research relationship with the Malvern Hills AONB Partnership. It provides an opportunity to conduct new research in a developing area of landscape research. The advertised vacancy relates mainly to the fieldwork phase of the project and generation of data for evaluation.

Closing date: Sunday 23 Jul 2017

Reference number: STU1716 - 3351

Job details

Job details

£8.22 an hour, plus £1.15 an hour holiday pay
40 hours over the period
As soon as possible
Temporary for one month
Responsible to
Project Lead, Professor Nick Evans
Responsible for
Interview date
To be confirmed

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Main duties

Main duties

Under the direction of the Lead Researcher (Prof Evans):
1. Exploration of each of the 30 AONB LDUs using the public rights of way network.
2. Identification of entry and exit landscape monitoring points to compliment the current centroid-based fixed photography locations.
3. Establishment of LDU walkthrough routes, noting possible points of landscape interest.
4. Keeping of field notes relating to all points visited.
5. Recommending further ideas to enhance the landscape monitoring process in the AONB based on lessons learnt from this experimental approach. 

*Maintain personal and professional development to meet the changing demands of the job; participate in appropriate training activities and encourage and support staff in their development and training. 

*Take steps to ensure and enhance personal health, safety and well being and that of other staff and students. 

*Carry out these duties in a manner that promotes equality of opportunity and supports diversity and inclusion, and takes into account the University's commitment to environmentally sustainable ways of working.

Person specification

Person specification

Please provide evidence of how you meet each of the essential criteria.

Essential Criteria: 

1. Must be a recently graduated University of Worcester Geography student. 

2. Have studied module GEOG3132 Countryside Conservation and Agricultural Change. 

3. Have conducted an Independent Study piece of research on protected landscapes in the UK countryside. 

4. Be able to execute the appropriate research to a strict timescale on a mostly independent basis. 

5. Be competent in reading Ordnance Survey maps, as studied in GEOG1100 (Geographical Investigations). 

6. Have the ability to report back on results through verbal and written media to a professional standard. 

7. Hold a current driving licence to be able to access the LDU fieldwork sites which are remote and away from public transport routes. 

8. Ability to gather field evidence by undertaking extensive walking through the landscape of the Malvern Hills. 

Desirable Criteria: 


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Unspent convictions, cautions and bind-overs
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In line with the University's policy on the Recruitment of People with a Criminal Record, shortlisted candidates are required to provide information of any unspent convictions, cautions and bind-overs. Applicants are advised to seek independent advice if there is any doubt about the status of a previous conviction, caution or bind-over. Disclosures will only be considered at the point when an offer of employment is made. The existence of a criminal record will not in itself prevent you from gaining employment. 

This is a description of the job as it is presently constituted. This job description is intended to enable a flexible approach to be offered working across the University as required. It is subject to review and amendment in the light of changing needs of the University and to provide appropriate development opportunities. Members of staff are expected to participate fully in discussions about changing requirements and it is the University's aim to reach agreement to reasonable change. If agreement is not possible, it reserves the right to require changes to the job description after consultation with the individual concerned.

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